August 28 2014

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Backstage At Burberry, It’s Beauty Business As Usual


“Classic Burberry” has long been the inspiration backstage at Christopher Bailey’s show, and his hair and makeup team, made up of Neil Moodie and Wendy Rowe, respectively, show up knowing that resistance to the plan is futile. What exactly is “classic Burberry” beauty? “The key word is effortless,” says Moodie. “So it doesn’t feel as though [Wendy and I] have been here at all.” Their presence was more than necessary, though, considering that the kind of deliberate ease they were after happens to be extremely hard to manufacture. Prepping hair with Bumble and Bumble Prep lotion and its Styling Spray, Moodie diffused strands so they dried with a natural texture. Then, using his WAM ceramic curling iron and a few spritzes of Bb Shine Spray, Moodie “tapped out a bit of a bend” through the ends so hair didn’t lay flat but rather appeared as though a gentle gust of wind had swept through it.

Rowe did her part to honor the house’s beauty codes by taking the makeup “back to basics,” with a fresh, light color palette. Mixing Burberry Beauty Sheer Foundation with its Fresh Glow illuminator for sheer, dewy coverage, Rowe added a “wash of color” to lids using its Eyeshadow in Taupe Brown and Almond, dusting a hint of the shimmering beige Pale Barley onto the inner corners to catch the bright runway lights. Lips were treated to a slick of a new-for-Spring lipstick shade in Tulip, a tawny pink, while brows were slightly sculpted to enhance models’ natural shape if they needed enhancing. Model and muse Cara Delevingne’s arches certainly did not. (“I was born with these massive puppies,” she joked when we inquired about her enviable brows. “I do them myself—no threading, just a little tweezing.”) To complete the look, Rococo Nail Apparel’s Ange and Vernice Walker were brought in to paint on a few coats of their new Nude Wardrobe lacquer line, which features six different neutral polishes that coordinate with a range of skin tones. It was—and always will be—a nail-art free zone.

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